Need help for a prolapsed Vent!

Discussion in 'Emergencies / Diseases / Injuries and Cures' started by DaniD4, Jun 12, 2017.

  1. DaniD4

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    Hello all!

    New to the page and fairly new to keeping my own hens. We have had 5 girls for a few weeks now and a day ago we noticed one with what (through google) we've identified as a prolapsed vent. We have her secluded in the dark to keep her from laying. I also cleaned the area and attempted to push it back in but it wouldn't stay. Any advice would be greatly appreciated!
     
  2. Lozuufy

    Lozuufy Pigeons are nutty

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    When you push it back in you could put some Preparation H or raw honey on it, I've heard these can work to tighten everything back up and reduce the swelling.
     
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  3. Wyorp Rock

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    Hi @DaniD4 :frow Welcome To BYC

    I'm sorry you are having trouble.

    Do you know if she laid an egg or is it still in there?
    Is she able to poop?

    Sometimes a prolapse is hard to go back in due to swelling. Try soaking her in an epsom salts bath, clean off any poo, apply some hemorrhoid cream (or raw honey) and gently push in. If it won't stay in, then let her rest, just keep the tissue moist with ointment or honey, wait for a while to see if swelling is down and re-peat.

    Getting her hydrated and offering calcium is key to helping her heal. So encourage her to drink. Calcium can help with contractions (pulling back in). You can give her a crushed TUMS over a favorite treat, liquid calcium (1cc or manufacturer recommendation) or 1/2tab of OTC calcium like Caltrate (or store brand). If you have poultry vitamins you can add those to her water as well.

    Keep us posted.
     
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  5. DaniD4

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    Thank you for the help! She has laid her egg today and we now have her soaking in an Epsom salt bath. We'll apply the cream tonight and give her a crushed tums. Should we separate her from the other hens?
     
  6. Wyorp Rock

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    If the vent is still prolapsed, I would separate her until you can get it back in. A lot of times the other hens will pick at the tissue and damage it - sometimes, picking and pulling can occur this can be catastrophic.

    The tissue also needs to be kept moist. Having a prolapse can be stressful, so keeping her in quiet semi-dark place with food/water is best.
     

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